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Like most metropolises in the United States, Cleveland’s population is quite a mixture of ethnic Catholics, primarily from Western and Eastern Europe. Due to the modernist changes made after Vatican II, a handful of faithful from the Cleveland area sought to remain faithful to traditional Roman Rite.

The SSPX was founded in 1970 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in the diocese of Fribourg, Switzerland, adhering to all canonical norms, receiving the blessing and encouragement of the local bishop.

For years this remnant in Cleveland celebrated Mass in a rented public school building with the help of many local and regional traditional priests.

In 1982, a former Protestant church at W. 48th Street and Franklin Avenue in Cleveland was rented for the celebration of the Mass. With the guidance of several traditional priests, Fr. Roger Sullivan founded St. Peregrine Chapel. After seeking the counsel of Archbishop Lefebvre, Fr. Sullivan left the relative comfort of the Camden diocese in New Jersey to become the pastor of the fledgling parish in Cleveland.

Here is a helpful article on the SSPX from Catholic Answers Magazine, and here is a response to a previous question we received on the SSPX. And here also is a good overview on the SSPX from our friends at EWTN. To learn even more about the SSPX, use “SSPX. District Learn about the District House of the SSPX located in the heart of America. Read about who resides there and the administrative functions that are accomplished Open submenu of District. Superior & His Team; Chapels See a list of SSPX chapels in the US District: their contact information and Mass schedules. The PCED formally (re)confirmed that (1) the SSPX is within the Church; (2) the SSPX is not in formal schism; (3) Catholics commit no sin, nor incur any canonical penalty, for attending SSPX Masses. 4 For more detail, see “ Fidelity to Liturgical Law and the Rights of the Faithful,” published here on July 3, 2017. Mission What does the SSPX want to achieve? A unique religious community within the Church, integrally promoting and preserving the treasures of Catholic tradition around the world; History The SSPX is a work of God's Providence. Almost 50 years of tremendous growth despite weaknesses, failures, opposition and set backs.

In August 1983, the church on W. 48th Street was sold without warning, and so the parish had 30 days to find a new home. Fr. Sullivan was able to locate a former Protestant church and rectory in Westlake (a suburb west of Cleveland), which remains the chapel building to this day.

On October 24, 1991, Fr. Roger Sullivan passed away, and fulfilling his wishes, the parishioners requested that the priests of the SSPX take over the chapel.

Sorrowful Heart of Mary

Declaration of Archbishop Lefebvre

We cleave, with all our heart and with all our soul, to Catholic Rome, the guardian of the Catholic Faith and of the traditions necessary for the maintenance of that Faith and to eternal Rome, mistress of wisdom and truth.

On the other hand we refuse and have always refused to follow the Rome of the neo-Protestant trend clearly manifested throughout Vatican Council II and, later, in all the reforms born of it.

All these reforms have contributed and are still contributing to the destruction of the Church, the ruin of the Priesthood, the abolishing of the Sacrifice of the Mass and of the Sacraments, the disappearance of the religious life, to naturalist and Teilhardian teaching in the universities, seminaries and catechetics, a teaching born of liberalism and Protestantism and often condemned by the solemn magisterium of the Church.

No authority, not even the highest in the hierarchy, can force us to abandon or diminish our Catholic Faith, clearly laid down and professed by the magisterium of the Church for nineteen hundred years. “But,” said St. Paul, “though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians I. 8).

Is not that what the Holy Father is telling us again today? And if there appears to be a certain contradiction between his words and his deeds as in the acts of the dicasteries, we abide by what has always been taught and turn a deaf ear to the Church’s destructive innovations.

It is not possible profoundly to modify the “lex orandi” without modifying the “lex credendi”. To the new Mass there corresponds a new catechism, a new priesthood, new seminaries, new universities, the charismatic and Pentecostal Church–all opposed to orthodoxy and to the age-old magisterium of the Church.

Born of liberalism and modernism, this Reform is poisoned through and through. It begins in heresy and ends in heresy even if not all its acts are formally heretical. Hence it is impossible for any informed and loyal Catholic to embrace this Reform or submit himself to it in any way whatsoever.

The only way of salvation for the faithful and the doctrine of the Church is a categorical refusal to accept the Reform.

It is for this cause that with no rebellion, no bitterness, no resentment, we carry on our work of training priests under the star of the timeless magisterium, convinced that we can render no greater service to the Holy Catholic Church, the Sovereign Pontiff and future generations.

It is for this cause that we hold firmly by all that has been believed and practiced in the Faith, in morals, in worship, in the teaching of the catechism, the molding of a priest and the institution of the Church, that eternal Church codified in her books before the modernist influence of the Council made itself felt, awaiting the time when the true light of Tradition shall scatter the darkness clouding the skies of eternal Rome.

In so doing, by the grace of God, the help of the Virgin Mary, of St. Joseph and St. Pius X, we are assured of remaining faithful to the Holy Roman and Catholic Church, to all the successors of Peter, and of remaining “fideles dispensatores mysteriorum Domini Nostri Jesu Christi in Spiritu Sancto.” Amen.

A Note from SSPX-MC:

Join us in the battle for the reign of Christ as King, the preservation and promulgation of the Holy Roman Catholic Faith through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Tridentine Latin Rite of all time, offered by holy priests sound in the true doctrine and firmly rejecting and refusing all modernism, as passed down to them through the great Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The Sorrowful Heart of Mary Apostolate, SSPX- MarianCorps is currently serving mission chapels throughout the United States but also including Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand (sadly, contingent to travel restrictions as of 2020). Please view our Mission Chapels page for details of these locations. We are honored to house the sermons of Fr. David Hewko and Fr. Hugo Ruiz every week, many times daily, as soon as they are made available to us. Please pray these works reach souls through the hands of Our Blessed Mother for their salvation and for the honor and glory of God. Let us stay united in the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church, being found always close to Our Sorrowful Mother at the foot of the Cross, for it is here we will find the throne of Divine Mercy.

**Please note this site/youtube channel, SSPX-MarianCorps, Sorrowful Heart of Mary, has not been and is still in no way associated, linked to, or working with Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary in Kentucky, who, sadly, in 2020, chose to become part of the dubious Thuc line. Far before this scandalous event, Fr. Hewko released a public statement (in February 2019) regarding his necessary disassociation from OLMC Seminary/Fr. J. Pfeiffer, following Fr. Pfeiffer’s use of the dubious Ambrose Moran for a conditional ordination. Please see the statements from Frs. Hewko and Ruiz below and visit for further information/warnings. Please keep all involved in your prayers.

“Then Jesus saith to them: All you shall be scandalized in Me this night. For it is written: ‘I will strike
the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be dispersed.’” (St. Matthew 26:31)

This is a brief Statement denouncing the consecration of Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer by “Bishop” Neal Webster. This is a scandal for Holy Mother Church, the true Catholic Resistance and for the vocations at OLMC in Boston, Kentucky.

Let it be known that Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre would absolutely condemn this action and express, once again, the doubtfulness of the Thuc line of bishops, let alone any connection with Palmar de Troya in Spain, who have elected their own pope decades ago.

Let it be known that the priestly line of “Bishop” Webster is from: Bishop Thuc, to Clemente (“Pope” Gregory XVII!), Terrason, Hennenberry, to Webster.

The episcopal lineage is from: Bishop Thuc to Des Lauries to McKenna to Slupski to Webster.

“Bishop” Neal Webster is also a public supporter of the Feeneyite position on the denial of the Baptism of Blood and Desire (“Votum”), which contradicts the constant Magisterium of the Church.

Once again, let us beg Our Lady of the Holy Rosary to crush the Church’s enemies. Let us hold the clear position of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre always faithful to Mother Church, her Traditional Magisterium, the Traditional Sacraments and the categorical refusal of doubtful sacraments and dangers to the Faith!

Once again, we see the sad casualties of a Pope and hierarchy failing in their duty! Indeed, when the shepherd is struck the sheep scatter!

In Christ the King,

Fr. David Hewko


To all my friends and benefactors,

We have recently learned with great sadness that on July 29 Father Pfeiffer has proceeded to have himself consecrated “bishop” by the Feeneyite and sedevacantist “bishop” Neal Webster, who also belongs to the so-called Thuc line. Several mistakes in one. All this is due to the desire to have quick and precipitate solutions. All this will only contribute more to the already existing state of disorientation that exists today not only in the Church and Tradition but also in the so-called “Resistance”. It is regrettable that one wants to call oneself a “bishop” when it should be the Church who does so. From a dubious “bishop”, because he is of the Thuc line, one can only have dubious sacraments as well. In no way can I associate myself with this new initiative, nor can I encourage any of the faithful to do so. Moreover, it is now time for the faithful to distance themselves from all contact with Father Pfeiffer. According to Bishop Lefebvre, this kind of adventure can lead not only to schism but also to heresy.

It is a great pity for me to have to say this about a priest with whom I once had a good friendship.

Sspx California

May the Immaculate Heart of Mary protect us from so many dangers,

Father Hugo Ruiz V.
Querétaro, August 1, 2020, the first Saturday of the month